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Tottenham have a big decision to make this summer in signing the right person to eventually succeed the long-serving Frenchman between the sticks
When it comes to the goalkeeping department, football.london understands that some of the names on Tottenham's shortlist include Valencia goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili, Brentford's David Raya, Brighton stopper Robert Sanchez and AC Milan's Mike Maignan. In recent seasons Spurs have also looked at the older Argentina and ex-Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak and, as potential homegrown options, Manchester United's Dean Henderson, who is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest, and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who is set to sign a new contract with Everton.
Spurs have been tracking 22-year-old Mamardashvili for a couple of seasons as one for the future. The Georgian signed a new long-term deal until 2027 in September with a reported €100million (£88million) release clause, but Valencia's financial problems mean a far lower valuation is expected and the Spanish club's perilous position near the foot of the La Liga table will not help their circumstances.
Raya, 27, has been attracting plenty of admirers with his performances for Brentford in the Premier League and the fact that the Barcelona-born keeper's contract running out next year will also make him a cost-effective option for Tottenham among others. He has turned down two offers from Brentford to ink a new deal and his manager Thomas Frank admitted recently that his contract situation makes the chances of him staying unlikely.
The 25-year-old Sanchez has two years left on his deal with Brighton and the Spaniard, who is considered homegrown after moving to the south coast club at 15, has been an ever-present for the Seagulls since breaking through from the youth academy. He is also represented by CAA Stellar, an agency with close ties to Tottenham, with the likes of Ben Davies and Joe Rodon on their books, as well as former Tottenham star Gareth Bale.
Maignan is a player Spurs have watched for a long time, since he came through the academy at PSG and moved to Lille. Now 27 and at AC Milan, Maignan was namechecked by Lloris as the man to take over as France's No.1 and there would be a certain symmetry if he were to do the same at Tottenham.
Martinez, Oblak and Henderson have long been linked with Spurs, while Leeds' 22-year-old goalkeeper Illan Meslier has also been namechecked by the media in recent seasons, while some in the Turkish media have mooted Fenerbahce goalkeeper Altay Bayindir as a potential free transfer signing this summer for the north London club. The 24-year-old is his club's captain with five caps to his name for Turkey.
The Italian media have also linked Alex Meret with a move to Tottenham. The 25-year-old Italy international is currently on course to win Serie A with Napoli. Any potential move for the Italian in particular could be tied up in whether two of his compatriots will still be in north London by the time this summer rolls around.
That's because the other issue for Tottenham in their search for a new long-term first choice goalkeeper this summer is the uncertainty around those with the casting vote at the club.
Antonio Conte's future remains unclear beyond this summer and if he does depart then the next head coach will have a big say in what is a key position within any team.